How to enable the complete touch keyboard layout in Windows 10

Surface pro 7 touch keyboard
by Email Twitter: jheronwalker Feb 5th, 2020 inHow-To

How to enable the complete touch keyboard layout in Windows 10

To enable a standard layout on Windows 10’s touch keyboard:

  1. On the touch keyboard, press the keyboard settings icon in the top-left.
  2. Activate the keyboard layout that is second from the right.

Applies to All Windows 10 Versions

Windows 10 displays the touch keyboard automatically whenever you need to input text while using a touchscreen display. You can also activate the keyboard manually from the keyboard icon in the taskbar (right-click the taskbar and check the “Show touch keyboard button” option if you can’t see it).

Touch keyboard in Windows 10

By default, the touch keyboard provides a simplified typing layout aimed at tablet users. This has large keys but a minimal set of commands and modifiers. Although you can use Ctrl, other important keys like Alt, Tab and F1-F12 are missing.

Touch keyboard in Windows 10

You can customise the keyboard to display a complete layout that’s reminiscent of a hardware keyboard. Tap a text field or the taskbar keyboard button to bring up the touch keyboard. Press the keyboard settings icon in the top-left of the keyboard. Next, tap the keyboard option that is second from the right to enable the standard layout.

Touch keyboard in Windows 10

The keyboard will switch to a regular PC-style layout with a function key row and Ctrl, Alt and Tab keys. You can switch back by tapping the keyboard settings icon in the top-left and this time choosing the left-most keyboard layout. The other two options enable compact floating and split mode respectively, with the final button activating handwriting input.

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